Pretty good ... went well with the pretzel sticks and cheddar fondue.
25 Oct 2015 — Hillsdale 30th Anniversary Ale • 4.5% ABV • 38 IBU — Courtyard Restaurant @ Kennedy School, Portland, OR
Very nice, a light, blonde ale ... very good!
It was OK, but not great ... I would not get it again.
This beer was good with the meal, as it was not too thick for a stout.
17 May 2016 — Haymaker Gold • 5.0% ABV • 16 IBU — Imbrie Hall @ Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Hillsboro, OR
It was good ... I would try it again!
It was OK, a bit watery ... what do you expect from such a low-IBU, low-alcohol beer? It was a bit fruity, like it is supposed to be.
For the type of beer it is, it was good!
Really good, perhaps my favorite McMenamins beer.
Was kinda weak and watery ... don’t think I would get it again.
Pretty good, I would get it again.
I like this beer, one of my new McMenamins favorites.
20 Jun 2016 — White Rabbit Pilsner • 5.3% ABV • 39 IBU — Loading Dock Grill @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
A good pilsner, tasty and not watery ... I would definitely try it again!
20 Jun 2016 — Hammerhead Ale • 6.0% ABV • 44 IBU — Lucky Staehly's Pool Hall @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
20 Jun 2016 — Hopline Bling Double IPA • 8.8% ABV • 60 IBU — Lucky Staehly's Pool Hall @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
One of six samples in a beer flight ... too hoppy for my tastes!
20 Jun 2016 — Influential IPA • 6.6% ABV • 50 IBU — Lucky Staehly's Pool Hall @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
One of six samples in a beer flight ... too fruity for my tastes!
20 Jun 2016 — Irish Stout (nitro) • 4.9% ABV • 38 IBU — Lucky Staehly's Pool Hall @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
20 Jun 2016 — Terminator Stout • 6.5% ABV • 30 IBU — Lucky Staehly's Pool Hall @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
One of six samples in a beer flight ... pretty stoutish!
Gosh, it was the least bad choice!
Pretty good, not too intense.
Yep, I like it!
Pretty good, I need to try it again ... the pool game was distracting my taste buds!
Pretty good, perhaps just slightly bland ... maybe I like stronger beers after all! I don't know why it’s called Bitter, because there doesn’t seem to be anything bitter about it.
Interesting and different beer ... almost like a weak gin and tonic. I guess it tastes pretty much along the lines of the stated ABV and IBU. Not too hoppy, but not much malt taste either ... a bit bland, but I guess that is sometimes the case with a Kölsch.
It’s OK ... it’s pretty lemony-sour ... great if you want alcoholic lemon drops!
Brewfest sample ... I don’t generally like fruit beers, but it’s OK ... pretty orangey, duh!
16 Jul 2016 — Summertime Dark Farmhouse Ale • 6.5% ABV • 17 IBU — Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Hillsboro, OR
OK, but I wouldn’t get it again... maybe a bit too hoppy, even though it has a low IBU. Good thing I had a pulled-pork sandwich and chips to help it along!
16 Jul 2016 — Snow Fly Honey Rye • 4.9% ABV • 34 IBU — Imbrie Hall @ Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Hillsboro, OR
Citrusy like they said ... pretty good.
Bought a $10 four-pack of 16 oz. cans to enjoy at home.
Bought a $51 case of twelve 22 oz. bomber bottles to enjoy at home.
A bit on the weak side ... I probably would not have it again.
Got a whole growler full ... half a gallon ... that’s way too much of this beer ... I don’t want to drink this again!
27 Jul 2016 — Ryeled Up: Whiskey Barrel Aged Brett Rye • 6.2% ABV • 35 IBU — White Eagle Saloon @ White Eagle Hotel, Portland, OR
Pretty strong tasting ... almost like medicine! I think it’s the rye, which I generally like, combined with the barrel aging. This is the second or third barrel-aged beer I have had, and in general I don’t think I like them. I want to keep my beer and my spirits separate!
1 Aug 2016 — Bricktop ESB (Extra Special Bitter) • 5.4% ABV • 40 IBU — Fulton Pub and Brewery, Portland, OR
It was extra special! This beer was pretty good ... a nice taste without being overpowering. I would definitely get it again! Really good!!! One of the best McMenamins beers! Only at this location!
1 Aug 2016 — Lizbie Browne (nitro) • 5.1% ABV • 28 IBU — Hillsdale Brewery and Public House, Portland, OR
OK, but a bit on the watery side (28 IBU) ... I don’t think I would have it again.
Now this is a good rye beer! It’s infinitely better than the Ryeled Up rye beer (see below) I had last week at White Eagle. I would have this again! It seems to have a bit of a citrus taste ... I guess that is the IBU 62.
Slightly watery, but pretty good for IBU 16 ... the Confessional Kölsch is much better.
I don’t know who Reed is, but this beer is really good ... it kind of reminded me of my favorite Lompoc Proletariate Red ... I would definitely get again!
8 Aug 2016 — The Casey Kelly Sessions • 5.8% ABV • 58 IBU — North Bank, Eugene, OR
Had a sample (I forgot to take a picture, so I “borrowed” this one), but I didn’t care for it ... too hoppy, or whatever. I had Reed’s Red instead ... I liked that much better!
12 Aug 2016 — Confessional Kölsch • 5.3% ABV • 28 IBU — Undercroft Bar @ Wilsonville Old Church, Wilsonville, OR
Really good ... nice taste, and not watery at all. It was so good that I got a whole growler for a special birthday (theirs, not mine!) price of $8.
Always a winner!
Bought a 22 oz. bomber bottle and drank it in my truck ... a bit IPAish, but really pretty good! I think the IBU is more like twice the stated 29. Still, I liked it so much that I bought a $60 case of 12 bomber bottles!
25 Aug 2016 — Spirit of 77 Breweries CDA • 6.1% ABV • 44 IBU — Ironwork Grill Restaurant @ Grand Lodge, Forest Grove, OR
It was dark like a stout, but not quite as thick or strong ... pretty good.
I’m not so convinced this time! I had forgotten that I had tried it before, but last time I liked it better. It’s OK, but not great ... different ... and you know what that means!
8 Sep 2016 — Vanilla Terminator • 5.8% ABV • 27 IBU — Chapel Pub, Portland, OR
Tried a sample (but forgot to take a picture, so I “borrowed” this one) ... too ‘special’! Yuck!
Better than the Blue Rider Pale Ale I had right before it, but still, pretty weak and not much taste ... it’s OK, but I wouldn’t get it again.
The beer wasn’t that great ... it wasn’t anything like Hammerhead ... I definitely wouldn’t get it again ... I should have gotten the blackberry cider!
Pretty good, not bland, not too hoppy ... I would have again next Oktoberfest.
Good as always!
Tried a sample ... OK, but not great, a bit hoppy, not sure if I would get it again.
Second time confirms that it’s a winner!
8 Nov 2016 — After the Gold Rush • 5.2% ABV • 29 IBU — Imbrie Hall @ Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Hillsboro, OR
Just tried a small sample (but forgot to take a picture, so I “borrowed” this one) ... kinda weak ... was this Budweiser?
8 Nov 2016 — Farmstead Wheat • 5.2% ABV • 23 IBU — Imbrie Hall @ Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Hillsboro, OR
Good! Nice! Very nice! Would definitely get this again!
8 Nov 2016 — Philosopher’s Stone • 7.0% ABV • 15 IBU — Imbrie Hall @ Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Hillsboro, OR
Tried only a small sample (but forgot to take a picture, so I “borrowed” this one) ... OK, but a bit watery ... pretty malty ... too British!
9 Dec 2016 — Kind Sister Wheat • 4.0% ABV • 16 IBU — Corvallis 3rd Street Pub, Corvallis, OR
Had two pints with hummus plate during the Star Wars: Rogue One movie.
A brown ale much like my favorite Moose Drool, but a bit lighter. Nice ... I would get it again. Brewed on site.
Had with supper ... good as always, glad they always have it on hand.
It was good, especially with my clam chowder supper … just what a porter should be.
Had two pints with hummus plate and popcorn during the Star Wars: Rogue One movie.
A nice beer ... similar to my favorite Moose Drool, but somewhat milder. It went great with my meal ... I would order it again.
24 Jan 2017 — Deep Sea Baltic Porter (high gravity) • 7.4% ABV • 31 IBU — Raleigh Hills Pub, Portland, OR
A nice beer to have on its own, without a meal ... porters and stouts seem better stand-alone. To my taste buds it seems slightly sweet ... could be a good dessert beer. I would definitely get it again, under the right circumstances.
11 Feb 2017 — Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown • 5.0% ABV • 14 IBU — Ironwork Grill Restaurant @ Grand Lodge, Forest Grove, OR
It’s still good, but I think I liked the Hard Days Red better.
11 Feb 2017 — Hard Days Red • 5.3% ABV • 45 IBU — Ironwork Grill Restaurant @ Grand Lodge, Forest Grove, OR
I really like this beer … similar to Hammerhead but not as hoppy … I would get it again.
11 Feb 2017 — Mam Tor ESB • 5.4% ABV • 30 IBU — Ironwork Grill Restaurant @ Grand Lodge, Forest Grove, OR
Had a sample ... not the greatest ... a bit watery ... a bit bitter ... would not get again.
28 Feb 2017 — Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown • 5.0% ABV • 14 IBU — Power Station Pub @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
Probably my last chance to have this until next year ... tasty as usual, went good with my steak sandwich.
Third time is delicious as usual!
Yep, this is a good beer ... went great with the Irish stew!
Tried a sample ... it was OK, but a bit bland ... not worth getting a whole pint.
17 Mar 2017 — Cantankerous Coot Old Ale • 9.2% ABV • 42 IBU — Wilsonville Old Church, Wilsonville, OR
Tried a sample ... definitely not my style ... a bit like medicine ... I would NEVER get a pint!
Gotta enjoy it while it’s still available!
It was OK, but nothing great ... slightly watery ... perhaps too kind and gentle!
22 Apr 2017 — Raging Leprechaun Irish Red • 6.5% ABV • 25 IBU — Wilsonville Old Church, Wilsonville, OR
With the way it is described and how it tastes, this seems closer to a porter than other red ales I have had. It was OK, but not great ... I don’t think I would order it again. There are better red ales, and better porters.
This was pretty good, with a nice floral flavor, as the description said. It was definitely my first chamomile beer! I would get it again.
6 May 2017 — Scot’s Harp Scottish Export 80 • 5.2% ABV • 19 IBU — Fireside Bar @ Old St Francis School, Bend, OR
Nothing else on the tap list seemed interesting, and my notes reminded me that this was a good beer, so I enjoyed it a second time. I like it!
Tasted more like coffee (which I don’t like) than chocolate ... I would not want an entire pint of it.
A so-so beer ... a bit bland, like the other McMenamins fruit beers ... I would not want an entire pint of it.
A so-so beer ... a bit bland, like the other McMenamins fruit beers ... I would not want an entire pint of it.
After trying samples of three other beers at the Mall 205 Pub and not particularly liking them, I had this beer for the fourth time in five months. Pretty good, but not one of my favorites.
I forgot that I had already tried a sample ten days previously. It is not bad ... maybe the best McMenamins fruit beer, but I still wouldn’t want a whole pint.
Almost like a stout ... too much of a coffee taste ... yuck!
I have NO idea what this Masters of the Universe description has to do with this beer. Good riddance, I agree! This beer is too hoppy for me!
26 May 2017 — Super Ligero Mexican Lager • 4.8% ABV • 21 IBU — St. Johns Theater and Pub, Portland, OR
Darker than I thought it would be ... pretty good, pretty dry ... a decent taste, but I don’t think I would get again.
3 Jun 2017 — Hammerhead Ale • 6.0% ABV • 44 IBU — Ironwork Grill Restaurant @ Grand Lodge, Forest Grove, OR
When nothing else on the beer list sounds good, it’s a blessing that Hammerhead is always there!
A pretty good beer ... I would consider having it again in the future.
3 Jun 2017 — Southern Belle White Wheat Ale • 5.2% ABV • 32 IBU — Rooftop Bar @ Hotel Oregon, McMinnville, OR
Not bad, but I don’t think I would order it again.
Yes, seemed pretty Belgian, like other Belgian-style beers I have tried before. I didn’t like it very much ... it was floral and fruity just like the description said. The waiter told me that because of the high alcohol content, this beer would be served in a snifter. No matter, I wouldn’t drink this beer in any kind of glass!
Pretty good! Nice balance and taste ... not watery, not too hoppy, not too malty ... I would get it again. Here’s my highest compliment for a beer: I wish they sold it in bottles!
17 Jun 2017 — Hawthorne Kölsch • 5.0% ABV • 22 IBU — Bagdad Theater Pub @ Bagdad Theater, Portland, OR
A pretty nice Kölsch ... has a good taste ... I would get it again!
Like I said last time, when nothing else on the beer list sounds good, thank goodness Hammerhead is always there!
Not sure if I liked it as much the second time. The first sip or two was a bit off, but then it was fine as I kept going.
Yet again, Hammerhead saves the day!
8 Jul 2017 — Jam Session ISA • 4.8% ABV • 26 IBU — Black Rabbit Restaurant and Bar @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
It was the last day of being beer of the week, so I decided to get it again, at the reduced price.
Bought a 24-pack case of 16 oz cans to enjoy at home.
8 Jul 2017 — Ekuanot Single Hop Pale Ale • 5.9% ABV • 38 IBU — Power Station Pub @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
Not bad but not great ... the 38 IBU seems accurate ... not worth getting again, but good to try once.
It is OK, but nothing special ... seems a bit hoppier than IBU 49 ... I would not get it again ... the Ekuanot was better.
Bought a 4-pack of 16 oz cans to enjoy at home.
It was pretty good, just slightly hoppy, but not very much ... I would get again ... a bit like Sunflower IPA.
Not so great ... kinda like a Pilsner with a bit of milk flavor added, just like the description says. I would definitely NOT get again, even though it wasn’t terrible.
15 Jul 2017 — Farmstead Wheat • 5.2% ABV • 23 IBU — Imbrie Hall @ Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Hillsboro, OR
Third time was delicious as well ... a good way to start the Brewfest!
One of six beer flight samples. Can’t really find the words to describe the taste ... perhaps their “citrusy and piney” is accurate ... not so great.
One of six beer flight samples. Unfortunately, I was not pleasantly surprised. It tasted like a slightly-sour fruit punch with some weak beer poured in. Definitely not my style!
One of six beer flight samples. It didn’t taste so much like caramel or toffee (which I like) as it did coffee (which I don’t) or something along that line ... not so great.
1 Aug 2017 — Liberal Conservative SMaSH Lager • 5.4% ABV • 58 IBU — Mill Creek Brewpub, Mill Creek, WA
1 Aug 2017 — Cascadian Common • 4.5% ABV • 45 IBU — North Shore Lagoon @ Anderson School, Bothell, WA
I forgot to write notes at the time, but I think that it was pretty good, and that I would get it again.
Notice the sunbeam through a window refracting into a rainbow. I don’t like this sample very much ... a bit too hoppy or something. Good thing I didn’t get a whole pint. I think the Hillsdale 30th Anniversary Ale re-creation was much better.
1 Aug 2017 — Egyptian Cotton IPA • 6.6% ABV • 35 IBU — Tavern On the Square @ Anderson School, Bothell, WA
This is the first time I’ve ever seen a beer compared to a basket of kitten! Pretty good ... I would get it again ... it is soft, like they said, which is normally not a word used to describe an IPA.
One of six beer flight samples. I needed another beer to make up the six, and Hammerhead is always a winner!
One of six beer flight samples. I needed another beer to make up the six, so I thought I would give this another try. Yep ... pretty stoutish ... it will be interesting to taste the McMenamins Terminator milkshake ... I didn’t finish the sample because it has too much of a coffee taste, or whatever.
One of six beer flight samples. I needed another beer to make up the six, and it tasted fairly good an hour before, so I got it again.
One of six beer flight samples. A bit bitter and a bit watery at the same time ... I wouldn’t get it again.
It’s not bad ... fairly good, even though it has more of a citrus taste than most wheat beers. But I definitely like Widmer Brothers Hefe better.
The first time I sampled this I didn’t really care for it, but I forgot to take a picture. So I ordered a sample this time just for the photo!
I forgot to take a picture of this the first time I tried it earlier in the year, so I ordered a sample just for the photo. But they were out of the Confessional Kölsch that I wanted to order, so I got a whole pint of the Liquid Sunshine. It’s not bad, but a bit bland. I squeezed the juice from the lemon slice into the beer and let the slice float in thee beer ... that helped the blandness a bit.
Tastes like a typical porter ... pretty coffee-like ... not my cup of tea!
It was OK ... not bad, not great ... slightly bland while citrusy at the same time ... more of a lemon juice citrusy than hop citrusy. I’ve had better, and I’ve had worse. The IBU 13 seems accurate ... I would not get it again.
12 Aug 2017 — Summer Soulstice Wheat • 5.0% ABV • 29 IBU — Hillsdale Brewery and Public House, Portland, OR
12 Aug 2017 — Giving Up the Ghost Wizenbock • 6.5% ABV • 18 IBU — New Tourist Bar @ Olympic Club Hotel, Centralia, WA
Definitely a German weizen ... distinct banana flavor! Bah! I for sure would NOT get it again!
After repeated attempts over the past couple of years, I finally realize that I’m just not into stouts anymore ... too stouty.
Not bad ... a good choice for brunch time ... a bit citrusy, not not too much ... actually it’s pretty good. I’m not so much into IPAs, but I like this one! I would get it again.
I don’t taste the citrus flavor very much at all, but it seems quite grassy. I don’t think I would order this again.
15 Aug 2017 — Eazy Brii-zy Kölsch • 5.0% ABV • 24 IBU — Courtyard Restaurant @ Kennedy School, Portland, OR
The color is a pretty, light, translucent yellow. As the description says, there is a bit of a tang finish. It’s fairly good ... pretty good ... tasty but not strong. There are probably other Kölsch I like better — such as Confessional Kölsch and Occidental Kölsch and Ordnance Kölsch — but this isn’t bad. I liked this one better than the Ships Ahoy Wheat that I had 90 minutes before.
I wasn’t exactly longing for an IPA after photographing the eclipse, but I did want to try a special McMenamins beer brewed just for the occasion, and I for sure wanted to get the one-day-only Total Solar Eclipse 8/21/17 stamp for my McMenamins Passport. Mission accomplished on both accounts in nearby Corvallis! I‘m not much of an IPA fan, but this one was fairly mild, so it was OK.
It’s OK, but fairly bland ... not exactly watery, but bland ... what do you expect for IBU 12? Sometimes in life the safe side is the boring side. At least there is no German yeast banana taste! I would not get this beer again. I like Widmer Brothers Hefe MUCH better, or even some other McMenamins wheats, like Farmstead Wheat or Reaper’s Wheat.
25 Oct 2017 — Hammerhead Ale • 6.0% ABV • 44 IBU — White Eagle Saloon @ White Eagle Hotel, Portland, OR
Goes great with Mexican food!
Pretty good ... a bit like Widmer. I would get it again ... a very enjoyable beer!
Pretty good ... reminds me of their Sunflower IPA ... the sample was so tasty that I got a whole pint of it ... pretty nice ... I like it! I would definitely get it again.”
A bit bland ... not bad, but there are better wheats, like Widmer.
OK, but not great ... a bit watery ... would probably not get it again. There are better wheats, like Widmer.
21 Dec 2017 — Leafhound IPA • 6.2% ABV • 47 IBU — Ironwork Grill Restaurant @ Grand Lodge, Forest Grove, OR
I’m glad that Hammerhead is always available.
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